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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,039 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date:
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For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve—the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives.

But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from the past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the surrealist painter had been charged with—and exonerated from—murder. Now the troubled young man is enlisting the Holmeses’ help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.

Mary has often observed that there are many kinds of madness, and before this case yields its shattering solution she’ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Mary will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced—a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

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  • A one-woman case for the defense of unauthorized literary sequels … intelligent, witty, complex and atmospheric …”—Washington Post Book World

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 2/19/2014

    " A fun adventure, but I wish I knew when I started this that it would "spill over" to the next book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen R. | 2/18/2014

    " This Mary Russell series is fun, even if you (as I) have not been a fan of Sherlock Holmes. An unlikely pairing, but still believable. The time is early 20th century. Every book provides information of the era as well as some other topic. For example, there is a lot to be learned about the San Francisco (1906) earthquake from reading "Locked Rooms". "Jerusalem" offers a lot of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish (Russell is jewish) background in the area. Also, your feminist buttons will get pushed as the attitudes of the time are presented, though neither Holmes nor Russell let themselves be bound by them. The "Language of Bees" pulls a somewhat dirty trick in ending with a "to be continued." But that would be expected in any case, as it introduces a character who could be considered Russell's and Holmes' new professor Moriarity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catyche | 2/2/2014

    " While I loved being back with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, I didn't enjoy "The Language of Bees" as much as I did the books in this series. "The Language of Bees" was a very entertaining read, though it wasn't as intricate a mystery as the other Russell & Holmes books were. Also, the villain didn't seem as dangerous or deadly, which made the ending seem all the more out of joint. I also though that Laurie King didn't spend much time on the relationship between Mary and Holmes; they were barely together throughout the book. I was disappointed by the cliffhanger ending which I felt could have been tidied up a bit better. I still don't understand why King chose a cliffhanger as an ending for "The Language of Bees" when she ended the other Russell & Holmes books properly; but overall I still enjoyed reading "The Language of Bees." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeannette | 1/30/2014

    " I love this series. This was excellent, but the ending leaves me very impatient for the next installment. "

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